Ministry of Education  








Enhance Your Gift



Heart Lake Secondary School:

A Regional Enhanced Learning Program for Grades 9 to 12



"The artist is nothing without the gift,

but the gift is nothing without work."

                                Émile Zola













































Maximize your potential at Heart Lake!



Emile Zola, a noted French author, once said, “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work."  Many students in the Peel District School Board possess a precious gift – the gift of superior intellectual ability and curiosity.  These students often require a different sort of learning environment, one where they can achieve at a level that matches their cognitive abilities.


Heart Lake Secondary School provides such a setting.  We offer an Enhanced Learning Program for students whose intellectual ability has been measured in the top three percent of their peer group, and who have been declared "exceptional – intellectual gifted" by the Peel District School Board's Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC).  Our program strives to maximize each student's potential, develop his/her capacity for self-directed learning, and encourage interaction among gifted peers.



Graduating Enhanced students reflect













There is no comparison between an Enhanced and “regular” class. The Enhanced Program allows one freedom to be an individual, it offers motivation to succeed, and it provides a positive atmosphere for learning. In the increasingly anti-intellectual age we live in, the Enhanced Class offers a refreshing change for those who do well and want to do well in school. Intelligence and a desire to learn aren’t frowned upon. I have enjoyed the “Enhanced” experience. I truly believe I have walked away with friends, skills and knowledge that I couldn’t have gained without being a student in the Enhanced Class.

                                                                                    Nalini Ramnarine


Participating in the Enhanced Program is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The program has given me countless opportunities to help me develop leadership skills and enrich study in my areas of interest.  I have twice attended Queen’s University’s E=MC Squared program for gifted students, competed in the McMaster University math competition, participated in the University of Toronto’s Computing Insights, and  been a delegate to the United Way’s 2004 Youth Conference.

                                                                                    Peter Beshai





The Enhanced Class has done many things for me throughout my four years at Heart Lake. It has helped me strive for excellence through the friendly competition that exists within the class, it has given me the opportunity to converse intelligently with others about important issues, and it has helped me to improve and refine my leadership qualities. These in turn have made it possible for me to become a Heart Lake Prefect, a Heart Lake Peer Mediator, and have allowed me to participate in the 2004 United Way Youth Conference that was held in Bolton.

                                                                                    Deana Toner


If energy is infectious, the Enhanced Program has brought new energy into my life, making me motivated to do better than my best. The environment is excellent; being with people who are on the same level allowed me to do more than I could in a normal class. Waterloo Engineering, here I come!

Christopher Soon


The Enhanced Program has given me the opportunity to make some incredible friends. The Enhanced Program has also kept me focussed on my work. Being surrounded with people who always want to do well, and who always try their best, makes me want to do well in school. Joining the Enhanced Program was a decision I will never regret. I have had an amazing high school experience.

                                                                                     Amardeep Bhogal 




Who does the Enhanced Learning Program serve?


The Enhanced Learning Program serves gifted students from Grade 9 to 12 from the following elementary schools:

·        Alloa Public School

·        Balmoral Senior Public School (students from N-section of Brampton only)

·        Beatty Fleming Senior Public School (north of CN tracks)

·        Earnscliffe Senior Public School (students from Springdale only)

·        Fernforest Public School

·        Great Lakes Public School

·        Greenbriar Public School (students from Springdale only)

·        Homestead Public School

·        Larkspur Public School

·        R. J. Lee Public School

·        R. H. Lagerquist Public School

·        Royal Orchard Public School, (Williams Parkway Senior Public School)

·        Westervelts Corners Public School

·        Worthington Public School


Where is Heart Lake Secondary School?


The school is located at 296 Conestoga Drive in Brampton, near the intersection of Bovaird Drive (Highway 7) and Highway 410.  School bus transportation is provided in accordance with the Peel District School Board's policy.



Designed to meet your unique learning needs


The Heart Lake Regional Enhanced Learning Program is designed for students identified as Exceptional Intellectual-Gifted who require extensive and continuing modification of the regular secondary program.  Courses offered in this program include Mathematics, English, Science, French, History and Geography for grades 9 through 12.  Other subjects may also be offered at the Enhanced level based on student interest and staff abilities.  Great care is taken to balance the academic, social-emotional and motivation components of the students' program.


The program focus for students in the Heart Lake Regional Enhanced Learning Program may include:


·        Acquisition and extension of information processing skills

·        Analysis of broad-based questions, problems and themes

·        Development of a sense of the "connectedness" of all knowledge

·        Instruction and practice of various styles of thinking – critical, creative, productive, divergent

·        Emphasis on a repertoire of problem-solving skills

·        Development of independent, interdependent and cooperative learning skills

·        Growth in self-awareness, attitudes and articulation

·        Access to curriculum expectations beyond their chronological grade


Educational programs are designed for each student on the basis of individual needs.  Programs are outlined in the students' Individual Education Plans.











Building on your strengths


Whenever possible, instruction will be individualized, or an alternative method of instruction or learning will be used to meet each student's unique needs, interests, abilities and aspirations.


Individualization encourages the students to build on their strengths and recognize any weaknesses that also need attention.  Our teachers work in consultation with students and parents to develop an Individual Education Plan, based on the student's personal, cognitive and behavioural profile.  For this reason, the student's progress in class will be measured both based on Ministry of Education curriculum expectations as well as based on the individual work completed during the term.  Curriculum expectations are based on curriculum documents from the Ontario Ministry of Education at the Academic level (Grades 9 & 10) and at the University level (Grades 11 & 12).


Assessment policies


A student’s marks will not be lower as a consequence of participation in the Enhanced Learning Program. Examinations and/or final summative evaluations completed by Enhanced students are exactly the same as those done by students in the Academic or University "stream".  In this way, Heart Lake Secondary School teachers ensure that your son or daughter's "gift" does not force him/her to be assessed on more difficult work.  The philosophy of the Heart Lake Regional Enhanced Learning Program is to enhance the learning to attain a deeper level of understanding.


An advantage for university


Increasingly, universities are becoming aware of Enhanced Learning Programs, and recognize them as valuable preparation for a student's post-secondary education.  Heart Lake Secondary School will supplement a student's application for a scholarship with a certificate stating their participation in the Enhanced Learning Program. 





OK – so what's in it for you?


The ultimate goal of the program is to shape creative, productive, responsible, self-directed adults who use their full potential.  At Heart Lake Secondary School, we understand the characteristics that distinguish these gifted students and have designed the Enhanced Learning Program accordingly.


Consider the advantages:


·        RESOURCES – We offer a wide variety of resources and learning experiences.

·        FREEDOM – We offer the freedom to study topics of personal and specialized interest.

·        TIME – We offer an opportunity to concentrate time and effort on topics of personal interest.

·        SELF-AWARENESS – We offer "membership" in a unique and vibrant community of learners.


Heart Lake offers extra-curricular growth


Students will experience numerous opportunities to explore their interests, and develop skills, talents and friendships through Heart Lake’s excellent music, drama and arts programs and clubs. Heart Lake also fields provincially competitive sports teams.









How do you register?



Students are automatically eligible to register for Heart Lake Secondary School's Enhanced Learning Program if they live in the designated area and if the IPRC has identified them as Exceptional Intellectual-Gifted.  You can request admission to the program by submitting a Grade 9 Course Selection Sheet to the Guidance Department at Heart Lake.



Students from a Grade 8 program outside of the Peel District School Board must submit a completed registration form, their most recent report card, a copy of their school board's IPRC decision, the test scores that led to that decision and proof of residence in one of the eligible school areas.


Tell me more!


To learn more about how Heart Lake Secondary School can maximize your student's unique gifts, contact Ms. Mary Trichilo, Head of Alternative Programs (905-840-2328 ext. 101) or visit, our award-winning website.

Take the time for in-depth learning


In Grades 9 & 10, the Enhanced Learning Program at Heart Lake Secondary School consists of a package of five (5) courses.  In Grade 10, the study of Enhanced French is optional.  In Grades 11 & 12, students select the courses they wish to study at the Enhanced level.
























































Canadian History



American History

















Functions & Relations



Functions & Introductory Calculus









































Course offerings






English                                                                                                                                                                                  ENG 1DE



This course emphasizes analytical reading, writing, oral communication, and thinking skills that students need for success in secondary school academic programs and their daily lives.  Students will study and interpret texts from contemporary and historical periods, including plays, short stories, and short essays, and will investigate and create media works.  An important focus will be the correct and effective use of spoken and written language.




French                                                                                                                                                                                   FSF 1DE


This course emphasizes the further development of oral communication, reading, and writing skills.  Students will build on and apply their knowledge of French while exploring a variety of themes, such as relationships, social trends, and careers.  Thematic readings, which include a selection of short stories, articles, and poems, will serve as stepping stones to oral and written activities.


Geography of Canada                                                                                                                                                          CGC 1DE


This course draws on a variety of frameworks, such as the ecozone framework, and principles of physical, human and economic geography to explore Canada's distinct and evolving character.  Students will investigate the interconnections among the landforms, climate, soils, plants, animals and human activities in Canadian ecozones to develop geographic knowledge and skills that contribute to an understanding of Canada's diversity and its role in the world.


Principles of Mathematics                                                                                                                                                MPM 1DE


This course enables students to develop generalizations of mathematical ideas through exploration of applications, the effective use of technology and abstract reasoning.  Students will investigate relationships to develop equations of straight lines in analytic geometry, explore relationships between volume and surface area of objects in measurement, and apply extended algebraic skills in problem solving.  Students will engage in abstract extensions of core learning that will deepen their mathematical knowledge and enrich their understanding.


Science                                                                                                                                                                                  SNC 1DE


This course enables students to understand basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics; to develop skills in the processes of scientific inquiry;  and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment.  Students will learn scientific theories and conduct investigations related to cell division and reproduction; atomic and molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the universe and space exploration; and the principles of electricity.















English                                                                                                                                                                                  ENG 2DE


This course extends the range of analytic, reading, writing, oral communication, and thinking skills that students need for success in secondary school academic programs.  Students will study and interpret challenging texts from contemporary and historical periods, including novels, poems, plays and opinion pieces, and will analyze and create effective media works.  An important focus will be the thoughtful use of spoken and written language.


French                                                                                                                                                                                   FSF 2DE


This course enables students to increase their knowledge of the French language, further develop their language skills, and deepen their understanding and appreciation of francophone culture around the world.  Exploring a variety of themes, students will develop and apply critical thinking skills in discussion, in their analysis and interpretation of texts, and in their own writing.


Canadian History in the 20th Century                                                                                                                             CHC 2DE


This course explores Canadian participation in global events and traces our development as a country through changes in population, economy, and technology.  Students will analyze the elements that constitute Canadian identity, learn the stories of both individuals and communities, and the study the evolution of political and social structures.  Students will learn about differing interpretations of the past, and will come to understand the importance in historical studies of chronology and cause-and-effect relationships.  They will also learn to develop and support a thesis, conduct research and analysis, and effectively communicate the results of their inquiries.


Principles of Mathematics                                                                                                                                                MPM 2DE


This course enables students to broaden their understanding of relations, extend their skills in multi-step problem solving, and continue to develop their abilities in abstract reasoning.  Students will pursue investigations of quadratic functions and their applications; solve and apply linear systems; solve multi-step problems in analytic geometry to verify properties of geometric figures; investigate the trigonometry of right and acute triangles; and develop supporting algebraic skills.


Science                                                                                                                                                                                  SNC 2DE


This course enables students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics; to develop further skills in scientific inquiry; and to understand the interrelationships among science, technology, and the environment.  Students will conduct investigations and understand scientific theories related to ecology and the maintenance of ecosystems; chemical reactions, with particular attention to acid-base reactions; factors that influence weather systems; and motion.




















English                                                                                                                                                                                  ENG 3UE


This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills.  Students will analyze challenging texts from various periods; conduct research and analyze the information gathered; write persuasive and literary essays; and analyze the relationship among media forms, audiences, and media industry practices.  An important focus will be on understanding the development of the English language.


French                                                                                                                                                                                   FSF 3UE


This course draws on a variety of themes to promote extensive development of reading and writing skills and to reinforce oral communication skills.  Students will gain a greater understanding of French-speaking cultures in Canada and around the world through their reading of a variety of materials, including a short novel or a play.  Students will produce various written assignments, including a formal essay.  The use of correct grammar and appropriate language conventions in both spoken and written French will be emphasized throughout the course.


American History                                                                                                                                                               CHA 3UE


This course examines the development of American social, political and economic structures from colonial times to the present.  Students will analyze the chronology of events and evaluate the roles played by specific individuals and groups throughout American history.  Students will conduct research and analysis, and communicate, in a variety of ways, their knowledge and understanding of the country that is Canada's closest neighbour and most important cultural influence and economic partner.


Functions and Relations                                                                                                                                                    MCR 3UE


This course introduces some financial applications of mathematics, extends students' experiences with functions, and introduces second-degree relations.  Students will solve problems in personal finance involving applications of sequences and series; investigate properties and applications of trigonometric functions; develop facility in operating with polynomials, rational expressions, and exponential expressions; develop an understanding of inverses and transformations of functions; and develop facility in using function and notation and in communicating mathematical reasoning.  Students will also investigate loci and the properties and applications of conics.


Biology                                                                                                                                                                                  SBI 3UE


This course furthers students' understanding of the processes involved in biological systems.  Students will study cellular functions, genetic continuity, internal systems and regulation, the diversity of living things, and the anatomy, growth, and functions of plants.  The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study, and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation.


Chemistry                                                                                                                                                                             SCH 3UE


This course focuses on the concepts and theories that form the basis of modern chemistry.  Students will study the behaviours of solids, liquids, gases, and solutions; investigate changes and relationships in chemical systems; and explore how chemistry is used in developing new products and processes that affect our lives and our environment.  Emphasis will also be placed on the importance of chemistry in other branches of science.


Physics                                                                                                                                                                                  SPH 3UE


This course develops students' understanding of the basic concepts of physics.  Students will study the laws of dynamics and explore different kinds of forces, the quantification and forms of energy (mechanical, sound, light, thermal, and electrical), and the way energy is transformed and transmitted.  They will develop scientific-inquiry skills as they verify accepted laws and solve both assigned problems and those emerging from their investigations.  Students will also analyze the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.







English                                                                                                                                                                                  ENG 4UE


This course emphasizes consolidation of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills.  Students will analyze a range of challenging texts from various time periods, countries, and cultures; write analytical and argumentative essays and a major paper for an independent literacy research project; and apply key concepts to analyze media works.  An important focus will be on understanding academic language and using it coherently and confidently in discussion and argument.


French                                                                                                                                     FSF 4UE


This course draws on a variety of themes to promote extensive development of French-language skills.  Students will consolidate their oral skills as they discuss literature, culture, and current issues.  They will read a variety of texts and will write a formal essay.  The use of correct grammar and appropriate language conventions in both spoken and written French will be emphasized throughout the course.


Advanced Functions and Introductory Calculus                                                                                                            MCB 4UE


This course builds on students' experience with functions and introduces the basic concepts and skills of calculus.  Students will investigate and apply the properties of polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions;  broaden their understanding of the mathematics associated with rates of change;  and develop facility with the concepts and skills of differential calculus as applied to polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.  Students will apply these skills to problem solving in a range of applications.


Biology                                                                                                                                                                                  SBI 4UE


This course provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes associated with biological systems.  Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, evolution, and population dynamics.  Emphasis will be placed on achievement of the detailed knowledge and refined skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.


Chemistry                                                                                                                                                                             SCH 4UE


This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, energy changes and rates of reaction, chemical systems and equilibrium, electrochemistry, and atomic and molecular structure.  Students will further develop problem-solving and laboratory skills as they investigate chemical processes, at the same time refining their ability to communicate scientific information.  Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in daily life, and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.


Physics                                                                                                                                      SPH 4UE


This course enables students to deepen their understanding of the concepts and theories of physics.  Students will explore further the laws of dynamics and energy transformations, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields; electromagnetic radiation; and the interface between energy and matter.  They will further develop inquiry skills, learning, for example, how the interpretation of experimental data can provide indirect evidence to support the development of a scientific model.  Students will also consider the impact on society and the environment of technological applications of physics.